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Whenever a patient comes to our Glendale cosmetic dentist office, looking to improve his or her smile, we sit down with the patient to talk about the changes he or she wants to achieve. We also advise our patients regarding the types of cosmetic issues that they should assess prior to beginning treatment—helping them work through the cosmetic possibilities prior to beginning treatment works to ensure that the patient ends up with optimal results.

So today we are going to be going through this same thought process. If you are considering cosmetic treatment, take a look at this list of ways to enhance your smile.

1. One of the first things that we consider is how we can enhance the quality of the patient’s dental enamel. The unfortunate truth is that dental enamel changes, discolors, and dulls with age. The good news is that there are many different treatments our team can employ to either enhance your natural enamel, or cover your teeth with cosmetic restorations.

2. We will also consider how we can optimize your dental alignment. A smooth, seamless smile gives a clean, fresh, and young appearance. Again, patients may want to move their natural teeth, or they may want to cover some teeth with strategically placed dental restorations. When considering alignment, we will also make sure that your smile appears wide enough so that it naturally fills your mouth when you smile.

3. Another obvious priority for our dental team is to correct any dental damage you may have sustained. Generally dental damage includes cracks and chips in the enamel, as well as prematurely worn down teeth.

Our Glendale cosmetic dentist office is here to help you get the most out of your own personal cosmetic dentistry process. Please feel free to contact us if you are ready to get more information!

When you’re choosing what kind of cosmetic treatment is right for you, you take a number of variables into account. Your probably consider the cost of the treatment; what the end results will look like, and of course the timeline. LUMINEERS and veneers are two very similar treatments with slightly different treatment processes. Today I’m going explain how your natural teeth are prepped for LUMINEERS and veneers, respectively. I hope that this will help you decide what kind of cosmetic treatment might be right for you.

Both LUMINEERS and veneers are dental restorations made of porcelain. These restorations are placed over natural enamel to change a tooth’s size, shape, alignment, or color. Before LUMINEERS and veneers can be placed, your teeth have to be shaved down slightly to allow for the dental restoration.

With veneers your teeth will be shaved by about ½ millimeter—which is roughly the width of a dental veneer. Once your teeth are shaved down, you’ll need a dental veneer on them to eat and speak comfortably.

LUMINEERS also require that your dental enamel be reduced, but your dentist will not have to shave off as much dental matter to place a LUMINEER as he or she would to place a veneer. This is because LUMINEERS are thinner than veneers. Consequently, they can be placed over teeth, and fit comfortably in the mouth, without significant shaving of dental enamel. The LUMINEERS process is also often reversible—meaning that if you choose to go without LUMINEERS at some point in time your teeth will still be intact and viable.

The primary difference between dental veneers and LUMINEERS is that LUMINEERS are thinner than veneers. Both of theses treatment options deliver stunning results. Our Glendale dental office will work with you to help you determine whether LUMINEERS or veneers will fit your needs, specifically—just give us a call!